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European Parliament Approves Tougher Safety and Traceability Rules for Medical Devices

21 April 2017

On 5 April 2017, the European Parliament formally approved two proposed Regulations imposing stricter rules on the safety of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices. The proposals, whi...Read More


EU’s Highest Court Annuls Duties Imposed on Two Chinese Fastener Producers

21 April 2017

Eight years after the initial imposition of the anti-dumping duties on fasteners from mainland China, the EU Court of Justice – in its judgment released on 5 April 2017 – annulled the anti-dumping dut...Read More


Future Eco-rules for Servers Move Forward, While Initiatives for More Efficient Electric Kettles Lose Steam

21 April 2017

The European Commission has tabled ecodesign provisions to improve the resource efficiency of servers and other data storage products as of 2019. Separately, Commission officials also commented on the...Read More


Bans on Hazardous Substances Could Be Extended to Imported Goods

21 April 2017

Hong Kong sellers to the EU market may already know that Annex XIV of the notoriously complex REACH Regulation contains a list of substances which have already been classified as ‘substances of very h...Read More


Deficient EU Tracking of Hazardous Chemicals: Report Presents Two Case Studies Relevant to Consumer Goods Traders

21 April 2017

A new report published on behalf of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) earlier this year has highlighted the failure of the current EU legal framework to ensure that information on dangerous chem...Read More


Circular Economy Takes One Step to Fruition with European Parliament Vote

21 April 2017

Hong Kong traders will recall that the European Commission adopted a controversial package of proposed measures, known as the Circular Economy, in December 2015. Since then, a particularly notable ste...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

21 April 2017

On 12 April 2017, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of oxalic acid. Following the publication of a notice of ...Read More


Official Journal Summary

21 April 2017

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 65/2014 of 1 October 2013 supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and o...Read More


Brexit: Recent Developments and Potential Repercussions

19 April 2017

The UK is about to enter into negotiations with the EU over an exit agreement. Early indications are that the exit talks will be a difficult process. While Brexit has not caused noticeable damage to t...Read More


EU – Outdoor Seat and Table – EN 581-1: 2017

13 April 2017

A new version of the European EN 581-1 Outdoor Seat and Table Standard has been published on March 17, 2017 and includes several revisions. EN 581-1:2017 replaces EN 581-1:2006 with immediate effect. ...Read More


Restriction of Phthalates in Wide Variety of Consumer Goods Foreseen

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reported that its two main committees have agreed on a restriction proposal concerning four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP) contained in art...Read More


Mainland China Pursues WTO Case Against EU Anti-dumping Methodology

7 April 2017

At the meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 21 March 2017, the EU – as expected – blocked mainland China’s initial request for a WTO investigation into the manner in which the EU calculates i...Read More


Energy Efficiency Labels to be Revised after Hard Fought Negotiations

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the EU Council and Parliament finally brokered a deal on the text of a Commission proposal to reform energy efficiency labels placed on household products such as refrigerators, cook...Read More


EU Council Adopts Directive Imposing Tight Restrictions on Concentration of Lead in Toys

7 April 2017

On 27 March 2017, the EU Council adopted a new Council Directive reducing the permitted concentration of lead in toys. The text is identical to the Commission’s Proposal on the same matter tabled on 9...Read More


European Parliament Wants Enforceable Provisions on Textile Trade

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Development adopted a Draft Report requesting a Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on an EU flagship initiative in the garment sector....Read More


White Paper Issued Presenting Five Possible Scenarios over Future of the EU

7 April 2017

On 1 March 2017, the European Commission presented a White Paper outlining five potential paths the EU might take to re-imagine its future following the departure of the UK. The White Paper was prepar...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

7 April 2017

The Official Journal has published a notice concerning the anti-dumping measures in force in respect of imports into the Union of lever arch mechanisms. More specifically, the notice concerns the chan...Read More


Official Journal Summary

7 April 2017

Notice concerning the anti-dumping measures in force in respect of imports into the Union of lever arch mechanisms originating in the People’s Republic of China: change of name of one company subject ...Read More


Energy Labeling in EU Updated by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/254

5 April 2017

EU 2017/254 updates guidance for manufacturers on the use of verification tolerances, as laid down in delegated acts, and intended for use only by market surveillance authorities. Energy labeling in t...Read More


European Union: Market Profile

3 April 2017

Helped by a conjunction of positive factors such as still low oil prices, a weak euro, the ECB’s accommodative monetary policy and a more accommodative fiscal stance, the EU is estimated to see sustai...Read More

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